1773-1829

Maxim was from Buckfield, Maine.

Maxim was an eccentric, but the tradition that an unfortunate affair of the heart once drove him into the woods to make away with himself, but a bird on the roof of a logger’s hut, making plaintive sounds, interrupted him, and he sat down and wrote the tune Hallowell, on a strip of white birch bark, is more likely legendary. The following words, said to have inspired his minor tune, are still set to it in the old collections:

As on some lonely building’s top
The sparrow makes her moan,
Far from the tents of joy and hope
I sit and grieve alone.

Brown, p. 282-83

Maxim’s works include:

  1. Buckfield
  2. Hallowell
  3. New Durham
  4. Portland
  5. Turner